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No. 1 Oklahoma softball completes sweep with 13-7 victory in finale

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Oklahoma scored at least one run in all but one inning Sunday afternoon as the top-ranked Sooners completed the series sweep of Texas Tech with a 13-7 victory at Rocky Johnson Field.

The loss dropped the Red Raiders to 27-20 on the year and 1-8 in Big 12 play, while the Sooners improved to 37-2 and a perfect 6-0 in league action.

"Oklahoma has a great ball club, possibly the best team I've ever seen," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "I thought we were much better at the plate today but it's just hard to contain their lineup. This is something we can build off, though, and take into an important series next weekend at Iowa State."

Oklahoma's 13 runs marked the most allowed by the Tech pitching staff this year as the Sooners got on the board early with a Shelby Pendley RBI single that scored leadoff hitter Lauren Chamberlain.

The Sooners broke the game open in the second, using a two-out rally to plate five runs off a Georgia Casey two-run double and a then a three-run homer from Pendley, who finished 3-for-4 with a game-high six RBI.

Chamberlain also added a solo home run to open a three-run sixth inning as she finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. The top three hitters in OU's lineup – Chamberlain, Casey and Pendley – combined for nine of the Sooners' 14 hits and 10 of their 13 total RBI.

Tech trailed 6-0 in the fourth when it broke up the scoreless streak as Adriana Perez singled up the middle to score Katelyn Williams from third. Perez finished 2-for-2 on the day with a single in the second as well.

Katibeth King followed soon after with the first of her two home runs in the game as she lifted a two-run shot just over the center field fence. King, who was starting for just the second time in her career, also connected on a three-run bomb to left field in the sixth that was part of a four-run inning for the Red Raiders.

The sophomore finished 2-for-3 with five RBI in the game. King had not previously started and had just totaled one career RBI entering the series.

"Katibeth is someone I thought could come in and provide a little pop to our offense," Hays said. "She went up there with a good approach and took her hacks and was able to lift a couple balls out of the ballpark. I was really proud of how she came in and responded."

Sandy James added Tech's only other RBI with a fielder's choice ground out to third with the bases loaded in the sixth. Tech's seven runs were the most off the OU pitching staff this season as the Sooners entered the series with the lowest ERA in the nation.

Keilani Ricketts (20-1) picked up her second win of the series as the left-hander went 5.1 innings, giving up three runs off five hits and two walks. She also struck out seven hitters before giving way to Leslie Miller, who surrendered three runs while failing to record an out in the sixth. Michelle Gascoigne gave up the final run in her 1.2 innings of relief to close the game.

Cara Custer (12-11), meanwhile, took the loss after giving up six runs off seven hits in 1.2 innings. Tech used five pitchers as Gretchen Aucoin tossed three full innings, while Ashley Brokeshoulder went one inning and Brittany Talley and Chandler Moore each added two-thirds of an inning of relief.

The Red Raiders return to the road next weekend, traveling to Ames, Iowa for a three-game series at Iowa State. The series begins with a 4 p.m. first pitch Friday evening.

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